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Karmapa rescued by army after 2 days of being stranded

September 23, 2008

Sify - Sunday, 21 September, 2008

Dharamshala: Tibetan spiritual leader the 17th Karmapa was today rescued
by an army helicopter from Bara-lacha Pass after he was stranded there
for the last two days due to heavy snowfall.

Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, 25, considered the third most important
Tibetan religious head after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, and about
10 of his aides were on their way to Keylong in Himachal's Lahaul and
Spiti district on Friday evening when they were trapped in the inclement
weather, officials said.

The state government had immediately sent a chopper from Bunter in Kullu
to rescue the Karmapa but it could not land due to inclement weather,
Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, Sudha Devi said.

Later, two army helicopters were dispatched which brought back the
Tibetan leader safely along with his aides to Leh from Bara-lacha pass
(5045 m) connecting Lahaul to Ladakh.

The Karmapa was scheduled to attend a religious function in Lahaul and
Spiti.

Around 400 people are still stranded in Lahual and Spiti due to the
inclement weather, officials said.

The Karmapa, who fled China in 2000, is the spiritual head of the Karma
Kagyu School, one of the four sects of Buddhism. He has been living near
Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile.
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